It would be greatest Levy deal yet if Tottenham get £30m for reportedly wantaway ace
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would be pulling off his greatest deal yet if he can get £30million for wantaway ace Erik Lamela.
Football site Squawka claim the Spurs attacking midfielder is “homesick” and “unsettled in London” and pining for a move back to his former club Roma.
During his time as chairman, Levy has demonstrated a tough but shrewd approach to contract and transfer negotiations.
From selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85million to buying Dele Alli from MK Dons for £5million with the midfielder now an established England international.
However, if he can recoup the majority of the £30million fee he paid for Argentine Lamela, who has been a failed bag of tricks, then it will be his best deal yet.
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Lamela has not to live up to his big money billing since moving from Serie A over three years ago. He has flattered to deceive, showing occasional flashes of genuine class – such as that memorable rabona goal – while also going miss when the going gets tough.
Compare him with teammate Christian Eriksen, who arrived in the same summer as the winger, but the Dane has gone on to become a the conductor of the Tottenham orchestra.
The great Dane has scored 37 goals and provided 42 assists in 159 games, 28 of those goals have come in the league.
By contrast, Lamela has all too often hit the wrong note. He has made 121 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and supplying 31 assists – but, he has only netted on eight occasions in 85 Premier League games.
Additionally, another problematic area for Lamela has been his performances during big games against Spurs’ Champions League or Premier League rivals.
Against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, both Manchester clubs and Chelsea, he has scored only two goals in 24 matches against these sides.
Another indication that the north London club would pull off the deal of all deals if they can get their money back for a player that has not been the goalscoring midfielder they were once looking for.
Even, midfielder Alli, who has scored eight goals in his last six league games, has done more than his teammate in such a short space of time.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club is close to sealing a £2.8million transfer of this 29-year-old.